Published eight times per year, International Review for the Sociology of Sport is fully peer reviewed and has a truly global remit to publish the highest quality research articles, commentaries and reviews that match the journal's inclusive scope.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport is the official journal of the International Sociology of Sport Association.
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The International Review for the Sociology of Sport is a peer reviewed academic journal that is indexed on ISI. Eight issues are now published each year. The main purpose of the IRSS is to disseminate research and scholarship on sport throughout the international academic community. The journal publishes research articles of varying lengths, from standard length research papers to shorter reports and commentary, as well as book and media reviews.
The International Review for the Sociology of Sport is not restricted to any theoretical or methodological perspective and brings together contributions from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, gender studies, media studies, history, political economy, semiotics, sociology, as well as interdisciplinary research.
Since sport is a truly global phenomenon, the International Review for the Sociology of Sport is strongly committed to publishing contributions from all regions of the world, thereby promoting international communication among scholars.
|David Leonard||Washington State University, USA|
|David Marple||Loyola Marymount University, USA|
|David Andrews||University of Maryland, USA|
|Alan Bairner||Loughborough University, UK|
|Alina Bernstein||College of Management, Israel|
|Andrew C. Billings||University of Alabama, USA|
|Toni Bruce||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|Daniel Burdsey||University of Brighton, UK|
|Thomas Carter||University of Brighton, UK|
|Seongsik Cho||Hanyang University, Korea|
|Cheryl Cooky||Purdue University, USA|
|Christine Dallaire||University of Ottawa, Canada|
|Katherine Dashper||Leeds Metropolitan University, UK|
|Jinxia Dong||Peking University, China|
|Mojca Doupona Topic||University of Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Agnes Elling||Mulier Institute, Netherlands|
|Mark Falcous||University of Otago, New Zealand|
|Caroline Fusco||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Richard Giulianotti||Loughborough University, UK|
|Marie Hardin||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|John Horne||University of Central Lancashire, UK|
|Jorid Hovden||Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway|
|Ruotao Huang||Capital Institute of Physical Education, China|
|Kevin Hylton||Leeds Metropolitan University, UK|
|Ruth Jeanes||Monash University, Australia|
|Dong Jhy Hwang||National Taiwan Sport University, Taiwan|
|Eunha Koh||Korea Institute of Sport Science, Korea|
|David Leonard||Washington State University, USA|
|Louise Mansfield||Brunel University, UK|
|Wolfram Manzenreiter||University of Vienna, Austria|
|Montserrat Martín||Universitat de Vic, Spain|
|Brent McDonald||Victoria University, Australia|
|Mary McDonald||Georgia Institute of Technology, USA|
|Fabien Ohl||University of Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Catherine Palmer||University of Tasmania, Australia|
|Richard Pringle||University of Auckland, New Zealand|
|David Rowe||University of Western Sydney, Australia|
|Michael Sam||University of Otago, New Zealand|
|Kimberly S. Schimmel||Kent State University, USA|
|Eivind Skille||Hedmark University College, Norway|
|Lee Thompson||Waseda University, Japan|
|Holly Thorpe||University of Waikato, New Zealand|
|Emmanuelle Tulle||Glasgow Caledonian University, UK|
|Belinda Wheaton||The University of Waikato, New Zealand|
|Brian Wilson||University of British Columbia, Canada|
- Peer review policy
- Article types
- How to submit your manuscript
- Publishing Policies
4.1 Publication Ethics
- Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
- Declaration of conflicting interests policy
- Other conventions
7.1 Funding acknowledgement
- Manuscript style
10.1 File types
10.2 Journal style
10.3 Reference style
10.4 Manuscript preparation
10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
10.4.5 English language editing services
- After acceptance
11.3 SAGE production
11.4 OnlineFirst publication
- Further information
Consistently embracing sport's status as a truly global phenomenon, The International Review for the Sociology of Sport is a fully peer reviewed academic journal that brings together contributions from across the social sciences and the world. The main purpose of the IRSS is to disseminate research and scholarship on sport throughout the international academic community. Scholarly work published in the IRSS is not restricted to any theoretical or methodological perspective and brings together contributions from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, gender studies, media studies, history, political economy, semiotics, sociology, as well as interdisciplinary research. The IRSS publishes eight issues each year and is indexed on ISI.
1. Peer review policy
International Review for the Sociology of Sport operates a strictly anonymous peer review process for articles. In order to ensure anonymity, all material and self-references that identify the author(s) should be removed from the manuscript, and the author name(s) should appear only on a separate first page. This page should also include the first author's email and postal addresses, and telephone and fax numbers. Manuscripts for articles are evaluated by at least two reviewers and the Editor and are processed through the SAGE track web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Manuscripts for reviews or books or media are evaluated by the Book/Media Review Editor outside the SAGE track online submission system and prospective reviewers should direct enquiries and submissions to the Book/Media Review Editor by using information listed in Section 11 at the end of this document.
As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:
- The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
- The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
- Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted
Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport publishes research articles and commentary of varying lengths. This ranges from the standard length research papers to shorter reports and commentary. In addition, the IRSS publishes book and media reviews. All articles must be submitted in English.
Articles of standard length that report on original research or analysis are normally of 5000-7000 words in length, inclusive of references, notes, tables, and figures. Such research articles should include an abstract of 100 � 200 words and 5 key words must also be supplied, placed at the beginning of the article. While style and organization may vary according to theoretical and methodological traditions, these research articles normally include (1) an introduction (no heading) that clearly states the purpose and rationale for the article and places its importance in context (2) a review of literature that sets the stage for the investigation and basic approach, (3) a methodological summary that situates and details the approach and frames basic questions or hypotheses, (4) a report of results or analysis of findings, followed by (5) a discussion that emphasizes new and important observations of the study, (6) a conclusion that considers the study’s limitations and implications for future research.��
Articles of shorter length may report on the results of a pilot study, present a case study, or provide a brief commentary on a methodological, theoretical or ethical issue and are normally of 3000-4000 words in length, inclusive of references, notes, tables, and figures.� Such articles should include an abstract of 100 � 200 words and 5 key words must also be supplied, placed at the beginning of the article.� While the approach taken in these shorter articles may be varied, each submitted manuscript should introduce and situate a topic in a way that facilitates new insight about subjects that advance scholarly understanding of sport in social and cultural contexts.
Article manuscripts are considered for publication only on the understanding that they are not simultaneously under consideration elsewhere, that they are the original work of the author(s), and that any previous form of publication and current consideration in other languages are disclosed at the time of submission. Please attach to every submission a letter confirming that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.
Book and Media Reviews
Reviews of books or media provide a scholarly assessment of key works that may advance understanding of sport in social and cultural contexts. Reviews that provide an assessment of one work by a single reviewer are normally of 1500-2000 words in length, inclusive of references, notes, tables, and figures. Reviews that provide a comparative assessment of more than one work or an assessment of one work by multiple reviewers are more substantial integrative essays and are normally of 2000-3000 words in length, inclusive of references, notes, tables, and figures. IRSS accepts book or media review essays comparing 2 or 3 items on one topic and written by a single author as well as book or media review symposia in which the same item is reviewed by 2 or 3 different reviewers. Reviews do not require an abstract or key words.
Book or Media Reviews should contain a heading which includes the Book or Media Title, Author, Publisher’s Name and Location, Date of Publication, Number of Pages, ISBN Number (and, if appropriate) eBook Number. Book or Media Review authors may refer to previous issues of IRSS for format guidance.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided above and in this section. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
International Review for the Sociology of Sportis hosted on SAGE track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne� Manuscripts. Please prepare your manuscript according to the Manuscript Submission guidelines above for both Articles and Book/Media Reviewsand then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/IRSS to login and submit your article online. For Articles, select “Articles”; for Book or Media Reviews, select “Book/Media Review”.� NOTE: In the case of Book or Media Reviews, in the abstract field insert “N/A”.
All manuscripts for Articles and Book/Media Reviews must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details for the Editor-in-Chief below in Section 11 at the end of this document.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.� For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
International Review for the Sociology of Sport and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.
5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
International Review for the Sociology of Sport and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Sage journals, or appropriate legal action.
Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. International Review for the Sociology of Sport does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
8.1 Funding Acknowledgement
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), International Review for the Sociology of Sport additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
10.1 File types
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.
10.2 Journal Style
International Review for the Sociology of Sport conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style.
10.3 Reference Style
International Review for the Sociology of Sport adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.
10.4.1 Your Title, Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author, including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Position descriptions are required for all authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
10.4.5 English Language Editing services
Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.
11.3 SAGE Production
At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in International Review for the Sociology of Sport with SAGE.
11.4 OnlineFirst Publication
A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process for Articles should be sent to the IRSS Editor-in-Chief Lawrence Wenner (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission Process of Book/Media Reviews should be sent to the IRSS Book/Media Editor Dr David Leonard, Washington State University, Comparative Ethnic Studies, PO Box 644010, Pullman, WA 99164-4010. Tel: (+1) 509 335-6854. Email: email@example.com